Sexual abuse is undoubtedly one of the most devastating events that a person can experience.
It impacts the victim in ways that can’t be quantified, and while the nature of the assault may be physical, we understand that the resulting harm can run much deeper than that.
Sexual abuse – The Effects…
The effects of sexual abuse can be far-reaching and, as victims/survivors, we are at a higher risk of developing ongoing or recurrent depression.
As well as other conditions such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders and low self-esteem.
Research has also shown that victims/ survivors of sexual abuse are more likely to experience suicidal thoughts, self-harm, and other destructive patterns of behaviour.
As victims/survivors of sexual abuse, we often feel compelled to push the people away who care about us most.
You may find it difficult to communicate with others, to let your guard down, and to reclaim your place in a world that has been dramatically turned upside-down.
Women are the most at risk of becoming victims of sexual abuse or violence, with UK statistics reporting that as many as 1 in 4 are affected.
While we understand that this is a crime which is gender disproportionate, we also know that men and boys are not safe from the trauma of abuse.
Reports show that each year, sexual assaults against males in the UK are in the thousands, and knowing that the majority of crimes of this nature go unreported, it is clearly a widespread issue.
Anyone can experience sexual violence, and whether you are male, female or non-binary, we are here to support you.
At the Haven Network, we offer a welcoming, safe space for all victims/ survivors of abuse and can provide a range of services to help you on a journey toward healing.
Whatever has brought you to this point, whatever you have experienced, we are here to support you, without judgement.
If you or someone you love has been impacted by sexual abuse, please call Fauzia on 020 8520 0755 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.